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MyLife: Chassidus Applied Podcast by Simon Jacobson addresses the personal and emotional needs of our community by answering the most pressing questions of our lives -- from the perspective of Chassidic thought. The podcast demonstrates how the Torah provides us with a comprehensive blueprint of the human psyche as a microcosm of the cosmos, and offers us all the guidance we need to live the healthiest possible life and build nurturing homes and families, bringing up the healthiest possible children, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Get unlimited free downloads of MP3 recordings o

MyLife: Chassidus Applied Rabbi Simon Jacobson

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MyLife: Chassidus Applied Podcast by Simon Jacobson addresses the personal and emotional needs of our community by answering the most pressing questions of our lives -- from the perspective of Chassidic thought. The podcast demonstrates how the Torah provides us with a comprehensive blueprint of the human psyche as a microcosm of the cosmos, and offers us all the guidance we need to live the healthiest possible life and build nurturing homes and families, bringing up the healthiest possible children, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Get unlimited free downloads of MP3 recordings o

    Ep. 374: If We Feel Uninspired, Should We Learn From Abraham and Relocate?

    Ep. 374: If We Feel Uninspired, Should We Learn From Abraham and Relocate?

    Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics:

    Chassidus applied to Cheshvan

    What can I do when I feel down and unmotivated?
    At what point is it customary to stop wishing people a happy new year?
    Why is it called Marcheshvan?
    What is the significance and lesson of Zayin Cheshvan?
    Thinking about the First Temple being completed this month, I am wondering what is more important – the physical Temple or the temple of our homes?

    Noach follow-up

    Why did G-d have to command Noach to leave the ark?
    Were there kangaroos on Noach's ark?
    Was the entire earth flooded?

    Lessons from Lech Lecha

    Was Abraham truly a great man by historical standards?
    How is Abraham considered to be the first Jew if his mother was not Jewish?
    What is the significance of Hashem telling Abraham that in order to be successful and become a great nation he first must leave his father’s home and place of birth?
    If we feel uninspired, should we learn from Abraham and leave the place we are living?
    Shouldn't we discover Hashem on our own as Abraham did, instead of learning it from our parents and educators?
    Why was so Sarah so special? Didn’t she behave cruelly by insisting that Hagar and Yishmael be sent away?
    Why did Abraham hide Sarah in a box and what possible message does this have for us?
    What can we learn from their descent to Egypt?
    If Abraham kept the entire Torah why did he not circumcise himself until G-d commanded him to do so at age 99?

    Shemitah: Why does a sabbatical year cancel debts?

    Chassidus question: What is the divine chariot and what is its significance in our daily lives?

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep. 373: How Do We Maintain Inspiration After the Holidays?

    Ep. 373: How Do We Maintain Inspiration After the Holidays?

    Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics:

    Chassidus applied to the Post-Holiday Season and Cheshvan

    How do we maintain the inspiration?
    Can we bottle the energy of Simchas Torah?
    Why are there no holidays in Cheshvan?
    Why is it called Mar Cheshvan?

    Lessons from Bereishis

    Why doesn’t the Torah begin with Elokim barah bereshis?
    When were angels created?
    Is a soul a creation, or did souls always exist in the same manner that Torah and Hashem always existed?
    Why did Adam and Eve cover themselves after eating from the tree of knowledge?
    Why did G-d ask Adam “where are you?”
    Was it part of G-d’s plan that Adam and Eve sin in order to repair? And if so, why shouldn’t we sin for the same reason?

    Lessons from Noach

    On what grounds did Hashem have the “right” to destroy Noach’s generation with a flood?
    What did they do aboard the ark not to go crazy with cabin fever?
    Were there kangaroos on Noach’s ark?
    How was waste disposed of on the ark?
    What can we learn from the three floors in the ark?
    If the purpose of bringing animals into Noach’s ark was to prevent their extinction, why would G-d allow thousands of species from becoming extinct since?
    Why did G-d allow the consumption of meat after the flood?

    Sukkos

    Why do we say that it’s challenging to eat in a Sukkah when in Israel the weather is perfect that time of year?
    What is the origin of the Sukkos ushpizin?

    Chassidus question: Please explain the application of the Chet Etz HaDaas to our personal lives?

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ep. 372: A Rebbe Never Leaves: What Can We Learn From Yud Gimmel Tishrei About Life After Gimmel Tammuz?

    Ep. 372: A Rebbe Never Leaves: What Can We Learn From Yud Gimmel Tishrei About Life After Gimmel Tammuz?

    Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics:

    Lessons from Yud Gimmel Tishrei – 139th yahrzeit of the Rebbe Maharash

    What should we learn from the Rebbe Maharash?
    How does his life and leadership impact us?
    What is the connection between the Tzemech Tzedek being daas and “now let’s travel to father to hear what is doing”?
    Story: A Rebbe never leaves

    Chassidus applied to Sukkos

    What is the spiritual significance of eating in a sukkah?
    Why is Sukkos not in the spring after Pesach?
    Is there a connection between sukkah and mikveh, as both surround us completely?
    Why can a Sukkah be made of any materials you want, but the roof can only be made of materials that grow from the ground? Is the roof of the Sukkah more significant than its walls?
    Why is Chabad custom not to decorate the Sukkah?
    What is the meaning of the Gemara that in the future non-Jews will be tested with a Sukkah and they will refuse to sit in it because of the heat, and what is its message for us today?
    If Hashem wanted us to enjoy our time in the sukkah why did he create mosquitoes and bees to torment and ruin it for us?

    Why do we shake the Lulav?
    Why does an Esrog cost $100 when its cousin, the lemon, can be found in the supermarket for fifty cents? How do we justify price gouging?
    Why do we use an esrog from Italy instead of from Israel?

    What is Simchos Beis Hashoeiva and why did the Rebbe reinstitute this celebration?
    How can we control our diets during this holiday season with all its meals?

    Chassidus question: How does Chassidus explain Sukkos?

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep. 371: Is It Acceptable to Ask Forgiveness via Social Media & Other Intriguing Yom Kippur Questions

    Ep. 371: Is It Acceptable to Ask Forgiveness via Social Media & Other Intriguing Yom Kippur Questions

    Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics:

    Lessons from Vov Tishrei

    Why is respecting parents such a great mitzvah?

    What is the connection with the Ten Days of Teshuvah?

    Why did the Rebbe honor his mother by analyzing and explaining Rashi?

    What can we learn from 9/11?How crumbling structures lead to greater growth

    Chassidus applied to Yom Kippur

    Why is it the holiest day of the year?

    On the high holidays who serves as our lawyer to defend us in the heavenly court?

    Can we follow a Yom Kippur service via zoom?

    What is the connection between Yom Kippur and the golden calf?

    Why was only the kohen gadol allowed to enter the kodesh kadoshim and only on Yom Kippur?

    Who cleaned the Holy of Holies, and could they tell us what it looked like inside?

    How does throwing a goat off a cliff to its death atone for our sins?

    If Moshiach comes before Yom Kippur will we need to fast?

    Laws and customs

    Is it acceptable to ask forgiveness via social media?

    If all our actions are predetermined, why are we responsible to ask forgiveness for sins?

    What are the origins of the kapparot ritual?

    Why did the Rebbe distribute honey cake before Yom Kippur and how can we maintain this tradition after Gimmel Tammuz?

    Why do we wear a white tunic (kittel) on Yom Kippur?

    Why do we fast over 25 hours on Yom Kippur, when a day is only 24 hours?

    Why are marital relations forbidden on Yom Kippur?

    Is using a caffeine suppository on Yom Kippur cheating?

    Prayers

    Why is Al Cheit said in the plural?

    Why do we read the book of Jonah on Yom Kippur?

    If singing Napolean’s March signifies that we have won the war even before the battle has begun, why don’t we sing it at the beginning of the day, before Kol Nidrei?


    Chassidus question: What is the connection between Yom Kippur and the 15th of Av?

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Ep. 370: What Can We Learn From the Heavy Rains That Fell as We Prepare For Rosh Hashana?

    Ep. 370: What Can We Learn From the Heavy Rains That Fell as We Prepare For Rosh Hashana?

    Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics:

    What can we learn from the heavy rains that fell as we prepare for Rosh Hashana?

    Chassidus applied to Rosh Hashana 5782
    What are some things the Rebbe did Erev Rosh Hashana to prepare for a new year?
    Why does a king need to be coronated every year?
    What’s the best way to pray on Rosh Hashana for financial success and abundant parnassah?
    What can we learn from the story of the farm boy crying out ku-ko-reeku?
    What is your favorite Rosh Hashana maamar?

    Shofar
    What is the reason for the different shofar sounds?
    If someone doesn’t have a shofar on Rosh Hashana, can they use a trumpet or another instrument?
    Is the shofar an instrument of war?
    Will shofar be sounded during techiyas ha’maysim?
    Why do Sefardim use a much longer shofar than Ashkenazim?
    If the mitzvah is to hear the sound that comes out of the shofar, what difference does it make who blows the shofar?
    Should the person blowing shofar face his body north so the sound coming out of the shofar is directed east?
    Was there an emphasis to look at the Rebbe’s face as he sounded the shofar?
    Are we allowed to blow shofar at night?
    Are there similarities between shofar and other gentile traditions?
    Why don’t we blow shofar on Shabbos?

    Foods and customs
    Why do we dip an apple in honey?
    What is the reason that some communities have the custom of simanim – eating a series of symbolic foods? And does Chabad follow this custom?
    Since we don’t eat nuts on Rosh Hashana because “nut” in Hebrew is the gematria of “sin”, why do we eat nuts year-round?
    Why do we perform the Tashlich service near a body of water with fish in it?

    Personal challenges
    How to break an addiction as a New Year resolution?
    How do I resolve a disagreement with my spouse before the New Year?
    How do we deal with Holiday related OCD?

    Lessons from the Tzemech Tzedek’s 233rd birthday on Erev Rosh Hashana

    Why do we fast on Tzom Gedaliah? Who was Gedaliah?

    Chassidus question: If our fate is not sealed until later, why is it so important to be inscribed for a good year on Rosh Hashana?

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep. 369: Is the Return of Taliban Control a Sign of Evil Making One Last Stand Before Moshiach?

    Ep. 369: Is the Return of Taliban Control a Sign of Evil Making One Last Stand Before Moshiach?

    Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics:

    What unique opportunities does Elul offer us?

    Chassidus applied to 25 Elul

    What do we learn from the day when the world was created?
    Since time itself was created, how can there be a 25th of Elul, suggesting days and months prior to that day?

    Lessons from NetzavimWhy do we read this portion before Rosh Hashana?
    What is the deeper meaning in ki karov elecha hadavar me'od, and why do we need an entire Tanya to explain this verse?

    What can we learn from the fact that the coming new year is a Shemita Year?

    What do you think should be the acronym for the new year – Tof Shin Peh Beis?

    Do each of us have a unique mission or are we all equally charged with fulfilling G-d's will?

    Why do our souls need a tikkun?

    Why is speech so powerful that we need to take care of what we say?

    Why do many people use the expression “Torah and Chassidus”?

    Is the return of Taliban control a sign that evil will make one last stand before Moshiach comes?

    What can I do as a tikkun for killing a deer?

    Follow up: Golem, Tomchei Tmimim

    Chassidus question: If G-d recreates the world every moment, what is so special about Rosh Hashana?

    • 1 hr 18 min

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Very inspirational

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Such A Blessing

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